PLANS are being put in place for Mark Heffron to hold a major fight outdoors at Boundary Park next summer.

The Oldham fight favourite hopes to headline an event at the home of Latics – with a world title potentially on the line.

The big-punching 28-year-old has lost just one of 26 fights as a professional and was planning for a huge 12 months which is now on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But manager Kevin Maree is mapping out a trajectory that could see the super-middleweight take centre stage in the centre circle in front of a raucous home crowd.

“The plan was to get four fights against ranked fighters and then next summer do a show outdoors at Oldham football club,” he said.

“Ideally that would be for a world title. You can’t just take a world title though, it has to be available and he has to be accepted for it.

“That would be what we’d head towards and the minimum would be a major, major title on that show.

“The ultimate goal is a world title if we can manoeuvre him into that position next year.

“I’ve spoken to Frank Warren his promoter who is very keen on that plan, I’ve met with the football club who are really excited about doing the show.

“We did tentatively look at doing something there this summer but the pitch is being re-laid so that was a non-starter and we’re looking at next year.”

Having regularly packed out the Oldham Leisure Centre, Maree is confident Heffron would bring big numbers to Boundary Park.

“Mark really is a sporting superstar from Oldham and has led the way for some other lads to start coming through behind him,” he said.

“He deserves to be showcased outdoors at the football club.

“We’ll put Mark on to keep him busy at Oldham Leisure Centre and he’ll absolutely ram it and the atmosphere is incredible.

“If we could put that on a bigger scale at the football club I think the town would really come out for him and to have some of the younger lads from the area on the undercard to get a taste of it would be my dream for Oldham really.”

Maree is in dialogue with Warren about Heffron featuring when boxing returns behind closed doors, July pencilled in by the British Boxing Board of Control who outlined their restrictions earlier this week.

“I’ve always been very vocal about how good Mark is,” his manager said.

“I’ve seen it for many years and he’s now reaching what I think is his peak.

“He’s ticked all the boxes in terms of experience gained, and now it’s time to kick on which is unfortunate with this lockdown because we have a really good plan in place.

“Now that’s going to have to be held up a bit because of this.”